In this half-hour program from KOPN’s Ionizations Concert Series, Diamánda Galás performs two pieces: “Eyes Without Blood”, and “Women With Steak Knives”, both of which were exalted by new music reviewers in Europe and New York. In the interiew preceding her performance, Galás describes her music as”...incandescent beauty and unfathomable ghastliness, tow polar opposites of the exploration of my own soul...I must be able to reflect that in my own music...I’m interested in developing the complete virtuosic use of my voice, not because I want to be a virtuoso, but because I want to be able to address conflicts in my soul.”
In each piece, Galás surrounds us in sound. She uses four microphones - one to send her voice to the right, another to send it to the left, a third to send her voice behind the live audience, and a fourth that sends it all three places. This - combined with the gasps and heaves, the reverb, and the sounds coming from the depths of her voice box or from the drumming of her tongue against the roof and bottom of her mouth as she climbs up and down the music scale - make for a most stunning performance.
The Ionizations series was funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Missouri Arts Council.
[Notes taken from NFCB’s SOUNDCHOICE program description, January 1983.]
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